Jeff and Diana Hall, residents of Burnsville, Minnesota were holidaying in Mexico. While in La Paz, this couple which owns the Camp Bow Wow doggy day camp back home, came across a sight that melted their heart.
They came across a pack of stray animals; famished, homeless cats and dogs. Abandoned and malnourished, the adorable little creatures they came across were struggling to survive.
Though animals are capable of spreading so much love and happiness, not all of them are lucky enough to get loving and caring families. Homelessness among animals is a global problem. A recent survey by DoSomething.org points out that there are five homeless animals for every ONE homeless man on this planet.
Considering that these animals were living on the roads, they had probably been seen by thousands before the Hall couple. Most people however chose to ignore these strays. They counted the animals. There were 34 of them in all. “8 puppies about 3-4 weeks old, 5 puppies about 14 weeks old, 14 adult dogs and 7 cats,” mentions their GoFundMe page.
That was a huge number but this animal loving couple did not have the heart to walk away, leaving them to the mercy of onlookers. To begin with, the Halls reached out to a local animal shelter. Already packed to its capacity, the shelter expressed its inability to take in such a huge lot.
At this point, the two decided to take charge of the situation. Aware of the international regulations, the Halls knew they could not take them back home. They provided these strays with food and water for a few days. But somehow were distraught about their inability to do more for them.
Slowly, the animals reciprocated to their loving gestures and began to show their affection for the Halls too. “It took a while for a couple of them to trust us, but in the end they were all happy to eat out of our hands — even the toughest little guy finally came around.”
Having gone through a harrowing experience together, they got along fabulously. “We couldn’t believe how they all got along! They were well behaved and very friendly,” write the Halls on their GoFundMe about the bunch whom they decided to name Baja 34 Pack.
The fundraising organization for them was therefore named the Baja 34 Rescue Project. The funds thus raised has helped this compassionate couple cover the cost of these animals’ health care. “They had to spayed and neutered. They also needed vaccination.” They hope to able to raise sufficient funds to be able to transport them to home town in Minnesota. There, they hope, the animals can find loving new families.
Their goal, according to their GoFundMe page, is to help the animals “find their forever families in the state of Minnesota!”
The animals have started arriving in Minnesota in small lots. Several of these, including the three pups which arrived only last week, have already been adopted. The Halls, obviously pleased to see their effort bearing fruit and the animals finding affectionate caretakers, are all praises for their foster family, as they like to call the Baja 34 pack.
“Each and every one of these dogs and cats are well behaved and would make wonderful family pets. Although they are starving for food, it was apparent they are also starving for love,” they mention.
The laudable efforts of this endearing couple to place the miserable little animals in safe, doting hands has won over the hearts of millions of animals lovers in all parts of the globe.
It comes as no surprise that monetary support is trickling in slowly albeit steadily. Visit the Baja 34 pack’s GoFundMe page if you wish to show them some love.